February 08, 2012, 8:55 AM —
It's Wednesday, so you know what that means! Actually, you probably don't, since I've only done one previous roundup of mobile rumors, but I'm looking to make it a most-every-week tradition. Here, then, are the mobile rumors bloggers and tech types are murmuring about, which are generally the most interesting rumors around--mostly.
One quick note: the idea of Amazon opening its own retail store in Seattle, selling its own branded products, is not a really mobile-based rumor, but it's dominating the rumor mill this morning. So go ahead and read that, wonder about the labyrinthine nature of business strategy, then come back to the handheld stuff.
Galaxy S III will be super-duper-slim, arrive in May
Details: The successor to the best-selling Galaxy S II will be 0.28-inches thick, which would tie it with the Droid Razr for thinnest Android phone around. That's no small feat, when you consider it's also housing a quad-core processor runnning Android 4.0, a Super AMOLED display, 8 or 12-megapixel camera, and a 4G LTE radio. It's not expected to show up at next month's Mobile World Congress event (per last week's roundup), but it could arrive in May.
Likelihood: Fairly high. Those are some rather specific details for a general "X is coming" phone rumor, which usually carry just one or two notable details ("Retina display! 12-inch tablet!"). As for the May delivery day--the Galaxy S II was announced in February 2011, so it's looking about that time.
Get excited?: If you're a fan of the Galaxy S line, I'd say so. A thin, non-curved, maybe non-huge Galaxy phone running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) could be the first mass-market phone to show off the really notable improvements of the most recent Android upgrade.